Nigerian President Suspends Top Judge Just Weeks Before Election

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the country's chief justice, creating a constitutional crisis just weeks before a presidential election. Buhari's top election challenger, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, accused the president of an unlawful "dictatorial act" and the Nigerian Bar Association condemned an "attempted coup" against the constitution. The day before the suspension, an appeals court had issued an interim order to stop charges being brought against the chief justice.

Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen.


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